Death Penalty for Food Crimes

Can somebody tell me why we still import food from China?

A few examples of recent food shipments from China that were flagged at our borders:
Dried apples preserved with a known carcinogen.
Plums tinted with chemical dyes that are unsafe for human consumption.
Mushrooms laced with illegal pesticides.
Seafood laden with banned antibiotics and coated with putrefying bacteria.

China regularly floods the United States with foods unfit for man and beast (let’s not forget the tainted pet food recall following thousands of animal deaths). The U.S. rejects more than twice as many food shipments from China as from all other countries combined. Most often, the reason cited is simply ‘filthy,’ the official FDA terminology for when inspectors can see or smell decomposition, gross contamination, or parasitic infestation. But here’s the really scary part: just about 1% of shipments are even visually inspected, with a fraction of those sent on for laboratory analysis. 99% of these imports turn up on store shelves without anyone even taking a peek or a sniff.

It’s from where?!

Do you think that you’re not buying Chinese food imports? Think again.
BumbleBee and Chicken of the Sea tuna, Dole lunchbox fruit packs, and Whole Foods Market’s 365 Everyday Value line of frozen vegetables come from China (yes, even Whole Foods’ ‘California’ vegetable blend; apparently the market considers California to be more a state of mind than a state). China is America’s leading supplier of a broad range of products that domestic food processors can add without the country of origin ever appearing on a label— ingredients like sausage casings, garlic and garlic powder, cocoa butter, and apple juice flavoring that ends up in beverages, candy, condiments, and baked goods.

And fish? China is number one in world aquaculture and the leading seafood importer to the U.S. It’s also a country that lacks widespread modern sanitation, annually spewing 3.7 billions tons of untreated, raw sewage into its waters. Nuff said.

The Chinese government is also troubled by issues of food safety.

China has pledged to crack down on corruption within its own ranks, and will punish corrupt, bribe-taking government officials that turn a blind eye to contamination— by executing them. That’s right; China would like its trade partners to rest easier knowing that capital punishment will be applied to food safety infractions.

Can somebody tell me why we still import food from China?

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11 Responses to Death Penalty for Food Crimes

  1. You need to include California as a perpetrator of unhealthy fruits. Strawberries are grown in Mexico where they can use whatever pesticides they want, then ship them up to the U.S. I’ve seen migrant workers covered to where only their eyes show because the planes spray the fields while they’re still working. It’s sickening. If you write on that, let me know and I’ll send you a few pictures of the Mexican workers in Baja.

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  3. A truly amazing article. Thanks for sharing you’re wealth of knowledge with us once again. It’s no wonder your blog does so well. Your site is well thought out, graphically impressive and full of great advice.

  4. RhodeyGirl says:

    Thank goodness most products must now state the country of origin.

  5. G Martin says:

    Guess I won’t be buying Bumble Bee or Chicken of the Sea tuna anymore.

  6. Janice says:

    It is virtually impossible to avoid Chinese imports if you use any processed foods at all. They also are big suppliers of cooking oils and food starches that are in nearly all canned and frozen foods.

  7. Janice says:

    As miserable as pine mouth can be, I imagine you will still recommend leniency for the perpetrator.

  8. Sam says:

    still not forgiving the middle kingdom for my pine mouth

  9. Thanks for making me aware of this. I have been trying to stay away from food products (or even things you eat food off of or out of) from China, but some of the ones you mention would never have occurred to me as being imported from there

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  11. Thanks for the reminder! you always amaze me with what you find out!

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